May 2, 2013 1:00pm PDT
for the hill newspaper amy stoddard former national spokesman for the white house, president obama's white house tommy vetor and former adviser to mitt romney's presidential campaign kevin madden. kevin, not surprising, i'm going to start with you. >> really? >> even though 80%, 90% of the country supports this legislation and it was up for a vote, toomey is suggesting although i understand he has back tracked a little since that statement, suggesting it really just came down to republicans didn't want to give obama a victory. >> look. the kind of politics you see in washington, d.c. is absurd. as sure as dogs will bark in a tunnel politicians in washington, d.c. are going to play politics. this did come down to policy in the minds of many opposed to the bill. some folks said that we're proponents, believed it was good policy and those opposed believed it was bad policy. at the heart of a lot of opposition on an issue that is so important like the second amendment to many people is the belief we don't need another set, another level of federal gun laws. that was the opposition, at the hear
Apr 30, 2013 1:00pm PDT
. our buried lead today is the subject the president has not been asked about in a white house news conference since september, 2010, closing gitmo, a promise president obama made in his first presidential campaign and has failed to keep. is the president ready for round two? >> i'm going to go back at this. i've asked my team to review everything that's currently being done in guantanamo, everything that we can do administratively, and i'm going to re-engage with congress to try to make the case that this is not something that's in the best interests of the american people. >> and what are we hearing about guantanamo? hunger strikes, accusations of torture, just what's happening to the 166 prisoners still there? well, now we're getting an inside look thanks to one prisoner who has been there since 2002. his memoirs have been declassified by the u.s. government and today were printed by slate.com. i'm joined now by our politics and foreign affairs editor william dobson. thanks so much for joining us. i want to read part of what he wrote in his memoirs when he first arrived in gitmo.